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gumbo,

another name for okra; also applied in the W United States to a rich, black, alkaline alluvial soil, which is soapy or sticky when wet.
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gumbo

[′gəm·bō]
(botany)
(geology)
A soil that forms a sticky mud when wet.
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gumbo

A fine-grained clay; very sticky when wet.
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Okra and file (sassafras powder) are rarely used in the same batch of gumbo; some people say that using both will make the gumbo too thick, and others even say that the two flavors cancel each other out.
File powder, on the other hand, should not be added until the very end of cooking; boiling file causes the whole pot of gumbo to become stringy and gummy.
"One thing I recognized early on was that gumbo is never just gumbo," contributes Lagasse.